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China Unicom to build a Global Centre in HK

Zafirah Salim | June 19, 2014
This new facility aims to deliver more advanced, high-speed, reliable and comprehensive ICT services to global carriers, enterprise customers and organisations in both the private and public sectors.


Mr Han Zhigang, Chairman, China Unicom (Hong Kong) Operations Limited (1st from the left); Ms Susie Ho, Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (Communications & Technology) of the HKSAR Government (3rd from the left); Mr Lu Yimin, Executive Director and President of China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited (4th from the left); Mr Allen Ma, Chief Executive of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (3rd from the right); Mr Zuo Feng, Director of China Unicom (Hong Kong) Operations Limited (1st from the right), and three officials from the Liaison Office of Central People’s Government in the HKSAR officiating the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of China Unicom (Hong Kong) Global Center.

China Unicom (Hong Kong) Operations Limited - a subsidiary of China Unicom Hong Kong Limited - announced yesterday (June 18, 2014) the construction of its first and largest integrated telecommunications facility, China Unicom Global Centre, in Hong Kong.

According to the communication and information service provider's media statement, the establishment of this HK$3 billion (approximately US$380 million) facility aims to deliver more advanced, high-speed, reliable and comprehensive ICT services to global carriers, enterprise customers and organisations in both the private and public sectors.

The company said that this Global Centre will greatly enhance the network services provided by China Unicom and boost the company's position in the industry, which also means a step forward towards achieving the company's international business expansion plans.

In addition, this initiative will also result in the creation of about 200 job opportunities for top-notch IT and telecommunication professionals, thus nurturing more IT talents in Hong Kong. This enhances Hong Kong's capabilities in telecommunications product development, and further strengthens the city's position as an ICT hub in Asia Pacific.

This new facility will comprise of six strategic functions - Global Network Operations Centre with Submarine Cable Landing Station, Global Network Solutions and Support Centre, Cloud Computing Service Platform, Internet Data Centre (IDC), Hong Kong Service Platform, and Product Innovation and Development Centre.

"Due to China Unicom's extensive network resources at home and abroad, strong cross-border network connectivity and IDC support from Mainland China, coupled with the robust ICT infrastructure of Hong Kong and a talented team with valuable operational management experience and a global vision, the Global Centre will boost China Unicom's competitiveness on the global stage," said Lu Yimin, Executive Director and President of China Unicom. "China Unicom (Hong Kong) Global Centre, as the ICT gateway to the world, will certainly write a brand new page in the company's international business development."

This entire project is expected to be completed by the first half of 2016 with a total built area of 41,000m2, adding over 3,000 racks to the market.

 

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